Definition of favorable
1a : disposed to favor : partial taking a favorable attitude toward our requestb : expressing approval : commendatory The movie received a favorable review.c : giving a result that is in one's favor a favorable comparisond : affirmative a favorable reply
2 : winning approval : pleasing a favorable impression
3a : tending to promote or facilitate : advantageous a favorable windb : marked by success a favorable demonstration of a new invention
favorabilityplay \ˌfā-v(ə-)rə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌfā-vər-\ noun
favorablyplay \ˈfā-v(ə-)rə-blē, ˈfā-vər-blē\ adverb
Examples of favorable in a Sentence
The new play got many favorable reviews.
He was given a favorable recommendation.
Early test results were favorable.
Recent Examples of favorable from the Web
Subsidies, mandates Energy experts say that without the credit and other favorable subsidies, mandates and market policies in place, wind development and production will be threatened.
About 67 percent of Republicans have a favorable view of the AHCA, which narrowly passed the House in early May and is now being considered by the Senate.
In announcing the shutdown, Exelon groused that nuclear power hasn’t received favorable treatment as a renewable energy source in the state’s energy policy as have solar, wind and hydro power.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for Severe Weather.
The two-time Wimbledon champ beat American Julia Boserup 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the second round, but the win was so much more than just a favorable scoreline for Kvitova.
The organization is also Mr. Morejón’s landlord and provided him with favorable lease terms as part of an effort to attract restaurants and other retail business.
Assuming the next two years represent a natural reduction in big-league payroll as stars age out, the timing is actually favorable for the Royals to wait for the best deal possible.
A centralized league office to review some plays drew mostly favorable reviews last season in football.
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Origin and Etymology of favorable
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of favorable
FAVORABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of favorable for English Language Learners
: showing approval
: expressing approval : giving or providing what is desired
: giving a result that helps, benefits, or shows approval of someone
FAVORABLE Defined for Kids
Definition of favorable for Students
1 : showing approval a favorable opinion
2 : tending to help favorable weather
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